So, that Michael Carter-Williams kid seems to be the real deal, huh? He was just awarded the Eastern Conference Player of the Week award. Through the first four games of the season, MCW has averaged 20 points, 7.8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3.3 steals. UNREAL! He is well on his way to Rookie of the Year, however, we still have 78 more games to play and something tells me he won't keep this up throughout the entire season. I still think we are seeing a special talent, but, he is still a rookie and is turning the ball over an average of 3.3 times per game and is shooting only 40.6% from the field. He still has a lot of work to do and a lot of growing pains to experience.
Let's take a look at some guys that are most likely on your waiver wire that could help your team:
The rookie from South Dakota State is benefiting from the absence of Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour. When they both come back, his time on the floor could be very limited so don't go crazy here. He saw his first glimpse of the NBA in the season opener after Brandon Knight went down with an injury and logged 30 minutes. He didn't do much, scoring just 9 points, dishing out 4 assists, grabbing 1 rebound with 1 steal, 1 block and 2 turnovers. He did a lot better in his second game against Boston, logging 29 minutes, scoring 14 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds and just 1 turnover. Finally, in his third game he logged a season high 36 minutes, 7 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds and again just 1 turnover. He is definitely worth a look especially while Knight and Ridnour are sidelined.
There were some high hopes coming into the season for the second year man from North Carolina. He had a solid preseason, and it forced the Bucks to exercise their third year option on Henson. His first game of the season was nothing special at all, he only logged 17 minutes and didn't really post any numbers worthy of writing about. However, his next two games were different. In 25 minutes against Boston, Henson put up 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 block. In the following game against the Raptors, he put up 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block and 2 turnovers. If you need forward help, I'd take a chance on Henson.
I mentioned Burks in one of my long articles rounding up the first week of the season and he has continued to impress. Burks is averaging 30.7 minutes per game coming off the bench for the Jazz and is providing them with a fantastic scoring punch. He is averaging 18 points per game, 3 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1 steal and shooting 48.8% from the field. His best game came in the season opener against the Thunder where he went for 24 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. His production has not dropped off that much since then. His second game, he had 15 points, 1 assist and 2 rebounds. His third game, 15 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 block. I like Burks for the rest of the season so if you can get him now, by all means go for it.
Dudley did not have an ideal start to the season, but he has picked it up since then. Keep in mind, Dudley will only help you in the points category, as well as 3 pointers, he won't really help you much anywhere else on a consistent basis. Dudley is shooting 50% from 3-point land after four games (8 for 16) and averaging an even 10 points per game. If you need 3's, and Dudley is available, he's certainly a good bet.
I briefly touched on Vitor in one of my opening week articles. He started off strong in his first two games but has fallen off in the last two games for the Celtics. He started the season off with 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 blocks against the Raptors. Followed that up with a fantastic double-double against the Bucks with 12 points, 18 rebounds and a whopping 6 blocks. However, in his past two games, he has COMBINED for a total of 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Growing pains are expected with a rookie coming from the Euro leagues. I would take a chance on Vitor, the Celtics don't really have much to hang their hat on and he could come up big for them if he continues to rack up playing time.
His stock is quickly rising, so he might be gone already, but if not, Marion is showing signs of his old self early on. He came close to a double-double in his first two games of the season and finally got it done in his third game. The Matrix finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks against the Grizzlies. Go pick him up, no telling how long this will last.
Another guy I talked about in my opening week articles, Nicholson has continued to impress when given time on the floor. He was very efficient in his first two games of the season. He posted 19 minutes in each game, against the Pacers he had 18 points and 4 rebounds. Against the Bucks he had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Nicholson was rewarded with 30 minutes of game time in the third game of the season but disappointed with just 9 points, 5 rebounds and a season high 3 turnovers. He made up for it in the Magic's most recent game against the Nets with his second career double-double, posting 17 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. I'm a big fan of Nicholson and I think he will continue to see more and more playing time. With Tobias Harris still out with a sprained ankle and no return date set, Nicholson is a great pick up.
Brewer is now the starting SF for the Timberwolves (for now, at least). Brewer will provide your team with a solid source of steals and double digit points. He started the season off with 16 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Followed that up with just 9 points and nothing else worth noting. In the third game of the season, Brewer managed 10 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. However, it is the fourth game that I want to highlight. Brewer had a wonderful defensive game against the Cavs with 13 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds and 6 STEALS! I would definitely look to add Brewer if your team needs steals.
Xavier Henry is a volume scorer. He's a got a terrible FG% and will provide your team with little else. But, if you need points, Henry will get you points. Be prepared for 40% FG every night, though.
If only Kaman could grab some more rebounds, he would have more value. Maybe it will come as the season goes on, who knows. But as of right now, he has been disappointing in the rebounding category. He's only averaging 16.5 minutes per game, so with more playing time, could come more rebounds. Keep an eye on Kaman if you need center help.
Wroten was the 25th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Memphis Grizzlies and it seems he has found a new home in Philadelphia. Wroten is averaging 21.8 minutes per game and making the most of it. In the first four games of the season, Wroten has put up 14 points, 10 points, 11 points and 14 points. He's not only a cheap source for points, but also 3-pointers, averaging 1.3 per game as well as 4.3 rebounds.
Any sleepers you are looking for that are not mentioned? Let us know in the comments or on twitter @asfarfaketeams.
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